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10/17/2012 8:31:00 AM
Kingman team reeling it in
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Shane Moline of Kingman holds a pair of big bass that he and partner Tina Kennedy caught at a recent bass tournament on Lake Mohave.
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Shane Moline of Kingman holds a pair of big bass that he and partner Tina Kennedy caught at a recent bass tournament on Lake Mohave.

Don Martin
The Great Outdoors

With the fall fishing season in full swing, a local couple has been showing their prowess by taking home a fist full of money from area tournaments.

Shane Moline and his partner, Tina Kennedy, have been fishing together for just two years and are members of the Kingman Bass Club.

In the last two club tournaments of the year, Moline/Kennedy took top honors in the club's events. The first tournament was on the Colorado River out of Park Moabi. Moline/Kennedy won that event.

The team fished in a couple of team events. One was at Alamo Lake, which was sponsored by the Monterey Bass Club. They finished second there.

They fished in a tournament called the Weekend Warrior circuit, and they took second place. They took second in another event at Lake Havasu that was part of the United Bass team tournament trail.

In a span of a few months, the team put together a string of two first place finishes and three second place finishes.

Their success was topped off at KBC's last tournament on Lake Mohave, where the team had what has been the best tournament of the year.

Moline said that on the practice day, he and his partner had 43 bites on a lake that is known for big fish, but also for giving up very few fish.

On the day of the tournament, it just got better.

"We put 46 bass in the boat that day," Moline said. "We had our limit within the first hour of the tournament."

Using a combination of spinner baits and jigs fished from 5 to 35 feet, Moline said they were able to catch fish all day.

As it turned out, Moline and Kennedy brought in the heaviest fish of the day - a lunker that weighed 4.76 pounds - and also snagged the heaviest five-fish limit of the year for the club, a bag that weighed 19.62 pounds.

Moline is one of the rising stars in the Arizona bass fishing world.

He recently was put on the Arizona Nitro Pro Fishing Team and fishes out of the Mesa Bass Pro Shop.

While he is sponsored now by both Nitro Boats and Mercury Marine, the young pro has paid his dues to get where he is at today.

And he is quick to point out that his partner, Tina, has been a driving force alongside him.

"Tina is great!" Moline said. "She pushes me to fish hard and she is the perfect fishing partner!"

Where this young bass couple goes now is just about anyone's guess.

But with a little luck, these anglers could put Kingman on the bass fishing map as the home of one of the top co-ed teams in the western United States.

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